|Newborn Tips#1: Don't Hush-A-Bye-Baby|
|You don't have to be quiet while the baby is sleeping. The womb is loud, and newborns are used to the noise. When ours first came home, we watched television and I would vacuum, wash dishes and talk on the phone around her while she slept. She got used to sleeping with noise, and I could get stuff done. I am still able to vacuum in her room while she sleeps (she is 14 months), and she is peaceful and well rested when she wakes up.|
|Newborn Tips#2: Soothe Your Wailing Newborn|
|When my baby cries, I comfort her by patting her back in a heartbeat-like rhythm. That helps her burp more quickly, and it also helps her relax if she's crying from insecurity. If this doesn’t work, I also try one or all of Dr. Harvey Karp's five calming moves: swaddling, shushing, holding her on her side, swinging her or letting her suck. Sometimes it takes all six!|
Most parents will spend thousands of pounds over the space of years to bring up their children. There are so many things to buy the prices can soon add up. Some items need to be bought at different times to accommodate the growing size of each child. For example a car seat needs to be bought for a young baby, but then you will have to buy different ones later on for when the child grows bigger and needs something else.
So it makes sense to ensure you know exactly what to expect and where to get some bargains. Some things can be bought second hand on auction sites, but this isn't good for everything. Clothing is a good idea in this respect, providing it comes from smoke and pet free homes. But other items, such as a svan high chair and those car seats we mentioned previously, are better off bought brand new. You must ensure they are safe to use and it is always better to get a new one because you will have a guarantee with it as well. This means a lot when you are buying things for your baby or child.
|Newborn Tips#3: Help Get Your Baby to Latch|
|If you are having latch-on issues while breastfeeding your baby, you can use breast shields to help the process. This was a wonderful tip that I learned from my lactation consultant. I had to use the shields for an entire month before my baby would latch onto my own nipple without them. Had it not been for the breast shields, I would not have been able to continue nursing my baby.|
|Newborn Tips#4: Get Prepped|
|At 3 weeks, babies’ days and nights become more predictable, and you can focus on yourself in addition to your newborn. One way to do that is by reducing your stress level - and having everything ready for your hungry baby and yourself is one way to do that. Start by prepping for the next feeding as soon as the previous one is over. For example, after an 11 p.m. feeding, get ready for the 2 a.m. one by prepping whatever you need for feeding and putting out fresh drinking water for yourself so you don’t have anything to think about in the middle of the night. During the day, take advantage of the baby’s naps to work out, shower or catch up on e-mail, or take a nap too.|
But how can you ensure you get the best deal on a brand new svan high chairor whatever other items you are searching for? The secret is to buy online, where you can search a vast number of stores to see what you want. If you were to buy things on the high street or at a shopping centre you may be tempted to buy the first thing you see. The alternative is to spend several hours walking round comparing what every shop has to sell. Not only does this take time, it also means you end up with a limited number of options.
However if you look online you can easily cover a wide range of shops for your chosen item. For instance you can look for online only stores that don't have bricks and mortar versions to visit. These often have the lowest prices but you should still shop around for the best range. You can still look at the websites of high street shops and compare the prices with online only stores. This allows you to check a wide range of options in the shortest possible time. So not only do you get the cheapest deal you also get a quick one.
You can see that it makes sense to shop around and to know which items are worth buying brand new. Today you can get plenty of good deals on brand new items too, so make sure you know what you are looking for and go to one of the best stores online to buy it. You could save a lot doing it this way.
|Newborn Tips#5: Keeping Your Baby Awake During Feedings|
|When our baby was eating slowly and sleepily, my husband and I would massage her cheek to stimulate her to eat faster. A gentle stroke with a fingertip on her cheek was all it took, and on those long sleepless nights, this simple trick was a godsend! Our friends have found it works great with their infants too. When babies eat efficiently until they're full before going to sleep, they sleep for longer between feedings. And that means you’re both likely to be calmer!|
|Newborn Tips#6: Help Your Baby Bond with Dad|
|Make sure your baby has ample time alone with Daddy. His touch and voice are different than yours, and this will begin a bonding process and give you a break. Plus, it gets the baby used to being with someone other than you. The first few times can be hard. Make sure your baby is fed and well rested, as this will give you at least one or two hours before you're needed again. Then leave Dad and the baby alone. If you stay nearby, make sure the baby can’t see or hear you, and resist the urge to go into the room and "fix" things if she starts crying. Your baby cries with you and you experiment to find out what's wrong. Dads need time to do this too - in their own way. By allowing this time, your child will learn there is more than one way to receive comfort, which will help immensely when you leave your baby with a sitter or another family member for the first time. You could have your partner bathe her, put her to bed or just read or talk to her.|